West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Kaitlyn Schultz, Central Michigan, Jr., MH, Highland, Mich./Milford
Kaitlyn Schultz was dominant, jumpstarting the Central Michigan offense to a pair of sweeps over BGSU and Miami last weekend. Schultz averaged 3.67 kills, 1.0 blocks and .33 aces per set over the weekend while hitting .452. She averaged 4.67 points per set. The junior middle blocker had nine kills in 17 swings on Friday against BGSU (.353), to go with two aces and three blocks. She followed the effort up with 13 kills in 25 swings (.520) with three blocks against Miami.
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Sue Jacobi, Ohio, Sr., OH, Louisville Ky.
Jacobi had a match-high 20 kills in the contest at Ball State. She also had a match-high 19 kills and recorded her third double-double in the last four matches with a team-high 18 digs in the win at Toledo. She currently eads the team in aces and picked up two more this weekend. She is s econd in the league and 24th nationally in kills with 4.22 per set (averaged 4.33 kills per set this weekend). She is also second in the league at 4.91 points per set.
West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Lena Oliver, Western Michigan, Fr., L, Battle Creek, Mich./St. Philip Catholic Central
Freshman libero Lena Oliver recorded her eighth and ninth 20-dig matches of the season as she averaged 7.00 digs per set and had a .969 serve reception percentage (31-of-32). Oliver's defensive effort helped Western Michigan limit Buffalo and MAC East leader Akron to a combined .122 attack percentage and set up the WMU offense to hit .310. Oliver started the weekend with 20 digs, one kill, one assist and one ace against Buffalo and then added 22 digs, two assists and one kill against the Zips. Oliver increased her season averages to 5.44 digs per set in all matches and 5.93 digs per set in conference matches.
East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Katie Post, Ohio, Jr., OH, Streamwood, Ill.
Post had a career-high 11 blocks to go along with eight kills in the match at Ball State. She followed that with a 13-kill performance at Toledo where she also racked up a match-high seven blocks. Post leads the MAC in total blocks and is 34th in the nation with 1.25 blocks per set (2.00 blocks per set this past weekend) ... Sixth in the MAC in hitting percentage and second on the team in kills.
Additional Nominees for Offensive Player of the Week
Tina Dimitrijevs, Akron, Jr., MB, Broadview Heights, Ohio/North Royalton
Junior Tina Dimitrijevs led the Zips offensively in both matches last weekend posting 17 kills on 31 attempts. Allowing only five errors, Dimitrijevs continued to be at the top of the league in hitting percentage registering a .387 mark. Also strong defensively, Dimitrijevs had seven block assists and two solo blocks, also adding five digs.
Whitney Heeres, Ball State, Fr., OH, Flushing, Mich./Flushing Senior
Whitney Heeres helped the Cardinals snap a pair of Mid-American Conference losing streaks last weekend, by pacing the club with 32 kills. In Friday's win over Ohio, Heeres tied for team-high honors with 15 kills while hitting for .235 (15-7-34) rate of success. The victory snapped BSU's 11-match losing streak to the Bobcats. Heeres followed up with a match-best 17 kills in Saturday's win over Kent State. Heeres also added a match-best .483 (17-3-29) hitting percentage in the contest to help BSU snap a four-match losing streak to the Golden Flashes. Heeres finished the weekend with a .349 (32-10-63) hitting mark.
Lindsey Butterfield, Bowling Green, Fr., LS, Springfield, Ohio/Springfield
Lindsey Butterfield set a career high with 10 kills in Friday nights three-set loss to Central Michigan and then followed that up by besting her personal high again with 11 kills in Saturday's loss at Eastern Michigan. Butterfield led BGSU with 21 kills on the weekend and a .320 attack percentage. She added seven digs and three blocks on the weekend.
Rachel Iaquaniello, Eastern Michigan, So., OH, Plymouth, Mich.-Dearborn Divine Child
Sophomore Rachel Iaquaniello helped power the Eagles to a perfect 2-0 week. The Plymouth, Mich. native averaged 3.43 kills, 2.00 digs and 4.00 points per set, while hitting .244 (24-5-78). In the Eagles first victory over the Miami RedHawks since 2005, Iaquaniello powered home 15 kills to go along with seven digs, two services aces and a block. Then on Dig Pink Night versus Bowling Green, she chipped in nine kills and seven digs.
Meredith Paskert, Kent State, So., MB, Brecksville, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Paskert led the Flashes with 15 kills at Ball State, upping her season total to 219 (2.67 per set) to rank second on the team. She leads the team with an attack percentage of .253 (minimum 25 kills) and ranks third on the squad in service aces with 13.
Lauren Wicinski, Northern Illinois, Fr., OH, Geneva, Ill./Geneva
Freshman outside hitter Lauren Wicinski (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) captained the Huskies to a 2-0 conference home weekend with a team-best 47.5 points (6.79/set), 41 kills (5.86/set) and .321 hitting percentage, adding two assists and an ace to boot. With two 20-plus kill efforts, she pushed her streak of double digit kill matches to 22, including having 20 or more in the last four. The country's top freshman in points (5.83/set), kills (4.92/set), and aces (0.60/set) registered 20 kills in a four-set victory over Akron with a .286 hitting percentage and an assist and ace apiece. In a sweep of Buffalo, she tallied 21 putaways with a .357 hitting percentage and one assist.
Cassie Kleepsies, Toledo, Jr., OH, Lincoln University, PA
Junior OH Cassie Kleepsies led the Rockets with a .471 attack percentage and also posted 2.71 kills per set last weekend against Kent State and Ohio. She tallied six kills and a .556 hitting mark in UT's 3-0 sweep over the Golden Flashes and notched 13 kills and a .440 ATK% in the Rockets' 3-1 setback to Ohio.
Allyson Doyle, Western Michigan, Sr., OH, Battle Creek, Mich./St. Philip Catholic Central
Allyson Doyle hit .450 with a team-high 3.33 kills per set and 3.67 digs per set in 3-0 wins over Buffalo and MAC East leader Akron. With her 20 kills, Doyle moved into 15th in school history with 1,087 career kills and moved into ninth in school history with 321 career total blocks after registering three against the Bulls. Doyle hit .500 with a match-high 13 kills, 12 digs and four assists against the Zips. She hit .389 with seven kills, 10 digs, three blocks and three assists against Buffalo.
Additional Nominees for Defensive Player of the Week
Chelsea Harvey, Akron, So., L, Stow, Ohio/Stow
Sophomore libero Chelsea Harvey continued her solid effort in Akron's backcourt last weekend registering a team leading 32 digs in 35 attempts. Posting only one reception error in seven sets played, Harvey averaged 4.57 digs per set.
Ashley Dunn, Bowling Green, Fr., L, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green
Freshman libero Ashley Dunn tied her career-high with 26 digs in a three-set loss at Eastern Michigan Saturday and averaged 6.83 digs per set on the weekend. Dunn was also 44-of-45 on serve receive attempts for a .977 percentage. She had 15 digs in the team's three-set match at Central Michigan and has recorded at least 12 digs in each of the past 13 matches she has played in.
Heather Pyle, Buffalo, Jr., L, Westlake, OH
Heather Pyle led the way with 30 digs on the weekend, averaging 5.00 per set. Pyle had 16 digs in the match against Western Michigan, while adding 14 against Northern Illinois. Pyle is now second on the team with 199 digs.
Lisa Johnson, Central Michigan, Sr., L, Alto, Mich./Lowell
Lisa Johnson backboned a CMU defense that held its two opponents to a .139 hitting percentage over the weekend, piling up 20 digs (3.33) in six sets and finishing a perfect 32-for-32 in service receptions. BGSU managed to hit just .146 and Miami hit .133 against CMU's smothering defense, in part thanks to Johnson's 10 digs each match.
Haley Stein, Eastern Michigan, Jr., L, Carleton, Mich.-St. Mary's Catholic Central
Junior libero Haley Stein had another stellar weekend defensively, recording 8.43 digs per set to go along with a 95.6 percent service reception clip. Versus Miami, Stein notched 34 digs and followed it up with a 25 dig performance against BGSU.
Kristen Barr, Kent State, Sr., L/DS, Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green High School
Barr continues to move up Kent State's career digs list, currently occupying fifth place with 1,112 - including 315 so far this season. Barr began 2010 with 797 digs in threee seasons with the Golden Flashes, and has surpassed the likes of Nancy Winkler (956; 1988-90), Becky Neglia (963; 1995-98), Tarrin Pelton (966; 2000-03), Anne Butts (967; 2002-05), Stephanie Doran (1,062; 1998-01) and Carrie McEnery (1,068; 1997-00). Barr now takes aim at surpassing the 1,115 digs Carrie Patterson accumulated from 1996-99 and moving into fourth place.
Lisa Treadway, Miami, So., L/DS, Dayton, Ohio/Chaminade Julienne
Lisa served as the team's libero in both games last weekend and led the way with 28 digs. That was an average of 4.00 digs per set. She made only three reception errors all weekend despite being the opponent's number one target. She also contributed four assists and two service aces in the two matches.
Mary Kurisch, Northern Illinois, So., MB, La Crosse, Wis./West Salem
Sophomore middle blocker Mary Kurisch (La Crosse, Wis./West Salem) fronted the net for the Huskies very well over NIU's 2-0 conference weekend with a team-high 11 blocks ... She also added five digs and was perfect in two reception attempts as she played a large role in NIU holding opponents to a .162 hitting percentage ... With a career-high tying seven blocks in a 3-1 win at home over Akron she extended her streak of matches with four-plus blocks to four ... She then tallied four blocks in a home sweep of Buffalo to move the streak to five.